THE TREEHOUSE

By Cagla Rifat

Ok (insert client name), now that you are lying on this chair, all warm and comfy, we are going to do something similar to story time, like in bed when you are just about to go to sleep…you don’t have to do anything but listen to the story…you can even go to sleep if that is what you feel like doing…or you might just like to close your eyes and listen to my voice as I tell you the story…So make yourself comfortable…take a deep breath through your nose and slowly and gently breathe out through your mouth…again, take a deep breath in through your nose…slowly and gently breathe out through your mouth…good…now on this last breath I want you to close your eyes…take another deep breath in and slowly and gently breathe out through your mouth…and this time you will start to have the feeling just before you go to sleep…when everything starts to feel floppy…fantastic…you are doing very well…

Now imagine your feet all floppy and loose but very, very relaxed…almost as if they are falling asleep…Now imagine all of your body feeling the same way…all floppy and loose…you are feeling so relaxed and so very happy…now I want you to imagine that you have roots growing out from the soles of your feet, roots that look just like the roots of a tree, very long and very wobbly…now push those roots deep into the ground…you can hear and feel them growing deeper and deeper…and you can hear them as they push through the soil…can you feel it? Can you feel the soil under your feet? This is called grounding…this keeps your energy planted in the ground…so you too can feel big and strong…just like a tree…

Now, imagine a beautiful white light surrounding your whole body…a light so bright that you shine much brighter than the brightest star…but it doesn’t hurt you to look at it…this beautiful pure white light is protecting you always…it’s just like having your very own force field…great…you are doing really well…

I want you now to see yourself standing in front of a huge tree…and this tree has deep, deep, roots just like you…and it has branches that reach out in every direction…and you notice that this amazing tree has a rope ladder…hanging down from one of its branches…and you look up and notice that it has the greatest treehouse you have ever seen…you have always wanted your very own treehouse and now you have found one…your secret treehouse…this is your special place…a place where only you can go…

You notice a little pixie fairy flying right before your eyes…this little pixie fairy is very friendly…she is here to look after you as you explore this treehouse…she will show you where to go and how to get into the treehouse…if you have any questions, she can answer them for you…you notice that she starts flying up next to the ladder, and she wants you to climb up next to her…reach up and start climbing the ladder into your very special treehouse now…you can do so very easily, because unlike a tree, you are not stuck to the ground…you can let go anytime you want to…so you might imagine the roots from your feet slowly coming back out from the ground…and you are feeling completely free to climb up the ladder into the treehouse…

When you are inside your treehouse think about all the things that make you feel good…all the things that make you smile…is it a favourite toy? Is it a favourite pet? Or is it somebody special? Someone you love very, very, much…see it in your mind’s eye…In this treehouse you feel very safe and warm…and you feel you can do anything you want here…and you can…because it is your treehouse…

Go ahead and design the inside of your treehouse now…make it look just how you want it to be…anything that makes you happy…anything you feel happy about…when you think about it, it is there, in your treehouse…in your secret treehouse…every time you go inside your treehouse you feel really really relaxed and so very happy… you can speak to your little pixie fairy friend if you need to…this is the place to let go of anything that may make you sad or worried…this is a place of happiness just for you…it is very safe here…

Now I am going to leave you for just a few moments so you can explore your very own secret treehouse… you may have windows in your treehouse…maybe you even have a trap door in the floor…so you can get down your treehouse even quicker if you want to…you may have some plants in your treehouse…plants with some beautiful coloured flowers…all of your favourite things are here with you…and you can have a swing hanging from the ceiling if you want to…swinging gently backwards and forwards…go ahead and explore for a little while now…(pause)….

Do you feel happy?  Can you feel your heart bursting with joy? You’re so happy so peaceful and calm…everything you’ve ever wanted is here…now take a deep breath in through your nose and slowly and gently breathe out through your mouth…you feel very peaceful…and very relaxed inside your secret treehouse…this is a place you can go to anytime you want to…and you will always feel peaceful and calm and happy…know that your treehouse is always here for you…because in your secret treehouse you are always safe…always loved…and always protected…

Now, take a deep breath and imagine yourself walking back down the hanging ladder and out of your treehouse as I count up from 1 to 10, when I reach 10 you will be out of the treehouse and back in this room with me …1, stepping out of the treehouse now…2,3…coming back now…4,5, becoming aware of the feeling in your body…6,7, your breathing returning to normal…8,9…feeling your eyes wanting to open now…and 10, take another deep breath and slowly and gently bring your attention back into the room…now wriggle your fingers, wriggle your toes, rub your hands together to make them warm…and whenever you are ready slowly and gently open your eyes…always knowing you can come to your secret treehouse anytime you wish…